This handcrafted pendant features the most gorgeous piece of Royston Ribbon Turquoise filled with a stream of teal-coloured Turquoise against the caramel host rock. The stone itself measures approximately 23mm x 16mm, and the pendant setting has been made with a solid sterling silver bail, a thick sterling silver hand-sawed backing, a fine silver serrated bezel around the stone, and sterling silver trims and ball accents. The piece has then been sanded smooth, oxidised in parts for contrast, and polished to a high shine. It hangs from a 72cm adjustable black organic cotton cord, so it can be worn as a choker, a long layering necklace, and anything in between! Like all my wok, it is a completely unique piece made entirely by hand using recycled silver, environmentally-friendly methods and cruelty-free materials.
Total Pendant Length: 34mm approx.
Total Pendant Width: 27mm approx.
💎 ROYSTON RIBBON TURQUOISE LORE:
Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man's history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors.
Wearing Turquoise is said to bring strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and good fortune. It is a symbol of friendship, aids wearers while traveling and brings peace to the home.
The Royston Mining District is located in Nevada, outside of Tonapah.
The Royston District covers several miles of mountain range, and is considered to produce some of the highest quality turquoise in the world. Royston is known for its beautiful colours ranging from deep green to rich, light blues set off by a heavy brown matrix or a golden brown matrix. It is also known for the rare blue to green fade that can be found in one rock or cabochon.
Boulder Turquoise or Ribbon Turquoise is simply when a stone cutter takes natural Vein Turquoise (Turquoise in its natural host rock) and cuts in the direction to create the vein going through the rock like a ribbon or splotches of turquoise in the host rock like a Boulder Opal.
⇺ The Lore of the Arrow ⇻
The Arrow is a symbol drenched in history and meaning dating back at least 10,000 years. In Ancient Greek and Roman Mythology, the Sun God Apollo and his twin sister Diana (also known as Artemis; Goddess of the Moon) used arrows as their weapons of choice, signifying the light of supreme power. The god of love Eros (perhaps more commonly known as Cupid), used his arrows to make gods, heroes and common people alike fall in love.
For Native Americans, the arrow was a tool for hunting and for protection, dating back thousands of years. To them, it also symbolised the sustenance of life. In ancient times, Arabians, Chaldeans, Greeks and Tibetans also used arrows to try and tell the future, in a practice called Belomancy. To do this, they would shoot arrows into the air, attempting to read a meaning from the direction of the arrows or from their positions in relation to each other.
In modern times, there is much acceptance that arrows still carry the symbolism that has been passed down from many of these ancient cultures and practices. They are thought to signify and promote concentration, reaching goals, protection, sustenance and moving forward. Arrows pointing down are thought to symbolise peace, arrows pointing up are thought to symbolise positivity and crossed arrows are thought to represent friendship and close ties.
In creating Tales of Turquoise, I chose arrows to complement this collection because I wanted to work with a symbol that carried with it as much history and power as the Turquoise stones I was using. For me, the arrow evokes images of wide open spaces, vast deserts or mountainous ranges far from home. They also remind me of the two trips I have taken through Nevada and Arizona in the United States in the last four years, where I acquired much of the Turquoise that I used in this collection.